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FERC Issues Order No. 733-B Granting in Part and Denying in Part Requests for Clarification or Reconsideration of Order No. 733-A

On September 15, 2011, in Docket No. RM03-13-004, FERC issued Order No. 733-B, which denied reconsideration and granted clarification in part and denied clarification in part of Order No. 733-A (which addressed requests from rehearing and clarification of FERC's Final Rule on NERC's Relay Loadability Reliability Standard (PRC-023-1)).  On March 21, 2011, EEI and NRECA (jointly) and APPA and TAPS (jointly) filed motions requesting clarification or reconsideration of Order No. 733-A, asserting that FERC based its directives on a faulty understanding of the "Final Report on the August 14, 2003 Blackout in the United States and Canada: Causes and Recommendations" or an incorrect characterization of relay engineering.  In Order No. 733-B, FERC addressed (1) stable power swings, (2) due weight to the ERO, (3) scope of Commission directives, (4) expected relay performance, and (5) relays located at generators.  FERC rejected outright all arguments related to other topics.  To view Order No. 733-B, click here.